Illustrated Vena Porta from 1713
This page extract comes from “The Anatomy of the Humane Body”, first published in London in 1713 and presents the hepatic portal vein as it extends from the gastrointestinal tract (bottom) before entering the liver (top).
The book was written by Dr. William Cheselden, a noted surgeon of the time. Interestingly, the book contains a rather excellent dedication from the author to Dr. Richard Mead, “physician to the King”:
Anatomy in particular has recieved such advantage from your lectures, that it were of a kind of injustice not to dedicate all endeavours in that way to you; in me, indeed, it would be unpardonable not to offer the fruits of those studies, which at first began and have still been carried on with your encouragement. The kind reception my industry has met with, is owing to you, the authority of whose opinion has in every place secured to so much favour, especially in that feat of learning, which with distinguished honours rewarded your merit. I am, sir, your most obliged and obedient humble servant.
The original text can be downloaded in digital form in its entirety at archive.org.